Accreditation of Kenya Young Greens as Elections Observer in Kenya
Kenya Young Greens (KYG) has been accredited as a long-term elections observer in Kenya by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). In addition to selected members of KYG the international observers are Frank Habineza (Rwanda/AGF), Charles Lwanga Bbaale (Uganda/AGF) Ingrid Nyman (Sweden/FYEG) and Philippe Schockweiler (Luxemburg/FYEG). In the run up to the March 2013 General Elections, these election observers will join a team of local and international observers during the electioneering period. KYG hopes that they can all make it to Kenya in March for this critical exercise!
Falafel Network: Green Youth Mediterranean Network founded
40 young green-minded left activists from the Middle East, Northern Africa and Europe gathered in Luxembourg to build a network across the Mediterranean Sea. In the end of January the Federation of Young European Greens (FYEG) and the Luxembourg Young Greens hosted this meeting that should connect youth wings of European Green Parties with activists in the region to create a structure of mutual support and enhance each others capacities. The meeting facilitated peer-to-peer learning about democracy activism and democratic movements as well as exchange knowledge and personal experiences about the different political situations and the struggle for human rights and democracy. It fostered the cooperation and understanding between progressive forces in the Middle East and Northern Africa and its European counterparts. For more information contact Michael Bloss at email@example.com
Young Greens of Canada
Preparations are under way for several major initiatives in the coming months. With provincial elections in British Columbia slated for May 14th, the Young Greens are working to nominate candidates
and organize volunteers
for the campaign. The BC Greens have several strong candidates, including BC Greens leader Jane Sterk
and Nobel Prize winner Andrew Weaver
. You can find more information and follow the campaign here
. We are excited to keep building on the strong performance
of Canada's first Green MP, Elizabeth May. Ms. May was named one of the top five "Gamechangers" of the year by the CBC as well as "Parliamentarian of the Year"
by MacLeans magazine. The Young Greens are also excited for the results of a comprehensive re-branding effort
that reflects the growth of the Young Greens over the years and our prominent place within the Green Party. One feature will be a new, more responsive website that will help us be a more effective and open organization. We've had a great start to the new year, and are excited for the upcoming months.
First Green Youth Congress in Colombia
In the last week of January, the first Green Youth Congress with about 400 young participants from 32 departments took place in Colombia. Together with the National Committee of the Green Party, the young people spoke about their projects for the next two years and elected the new Executive Committee consisting of 32 members. Peace, education, environmental issues and political participation will be the main fields of work for the young Colombians in the coming years.
Austrian Young Greens: New board members
The Austrian Young Greens are happy to announce that they have a new national board since their last congress in January. The new team is highly motivated and has already started to work on various projects such as feminism seminars and the annual sommercamp organized in cooperation with the Bavarian, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Swiss Young Greens. Follow the link
to have a look at the new team [German].
Queering Green/Greening Queer Network
Last December, 30 green and LGBT+ activists from the Balkans and Europe gathered in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina and formed the Queering Green/Greening Queer youth Network. The establishment of this network is a product of a series of three seminars organized by FYEG in the Balkans (Zagreb, Belgrade and Tuzla) on different LGBT+ topics. The main aim of the network is to join our forces and fight together against the discrimination and violence against LGBT+ people. The network will focus its activities on South-Eastern Europe in the first place but wants to develop a Pan-European Network of the Greens and LGBT+ movement. We recently published a call for members of the temporary coordination body
of the network. For more information please check our blog
or contact Dragana Drndarevska at firstname.lastname@example.org